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message 1: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) Reason I am asking is because I have not read properly for a while. I want to read, but just can't sit down anymore and read. Wondered what everyone's take was on this. I know I have been on here posting, but I just can't seem to pick up a book and read.


message 2: by Kay (new)

Kay (kaylovespurple) | 11 comments That does sounds like a case of (what I would call) reader's block to me. Perhaps the cure might be some very light reading (chick lit?) that can be read in short installments whenever you have time. :)


message 3: by Apokripos (new)

Apokripos (apokalypse) Maybe you're worried about something and reading was you're escape to not to worry. But then again when you open that book, still that worry stares at your face...
maybe you have to resolve some issues...
That's what I feel when I'm worrisome and can't focus on a book I'm currently reading...
Hope that helps...^_^


message 4: by Fiona (new)

Fiona (bookcoop) Try re-reading something, or something from your favourite author or just take a break from reading and not worry. Go into a bookshop or library and see what you fancy.

What was the last book you read before this happened?

I sometimes get block either after I tried something I hated or after a book I really loved. I was either worried I was never going to like another book again, or that no book would ever live up to the previous.

Just spend the time you would have reading, relaxing doing something else and don't worry.

I think part of my reading block recently, even though I was still reading it didn't quite feel the same... was because I was stressing over how many books I had to read and what I should read next. So I just thought blah! Read what I fancy.


message 5: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) Fi, I was reading Dissolution - C.J. Sansom (a new author for me)


message 6: by Fiona (new)

Fiona (bookcoop) Did you like the book?


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

I usually read a ton in the winter and lately I haven't read as much. I feel your pain! I don't know what my problem is, i have been watching too many DVD's is part of the problem. I need to stop that.


message 8: by alicia (new)

alicia grant (shesha34) I used to get like this at least once a year for a couple of weeks or months.I just wasn't in the reading mood.I would just seem to not be interested like i was burned out on reading.I would do a different activity like cross stitch o gardening for awhile until the reading bug got me again.I haven't had tha happen for a 2 years now I guess since i started finding all these book groups and other message boards.I guess it gives me another outlet instead of constantly reading all day between other life stuff.Don't get upset about it will come back evetually fins some other interest to focus on and pretty soon you will feel the need to pick up a book.


message 9: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) Fiona wrote: "Did you like the book?"

Not sure really, its based in the past. Not really my kind of era if you know what I mean.

I am trying smaller sized (pagewise) books, read 1 already and now I am gonna try and read some more to get back into readin.



message 10: by Jackie (new)

Jackie | 3 comments OOHHh hate "readers Block" can't find anything that interests me. I swing form topic to topic and even try to reread something. I think stress affects us that way. And reading is one of MY greatest escapes! I always have a book or 2 on hand to choose from. If nothing suits me I'll "splurge" and pay full price to break it!


message 11: by Rhonda (new)

Rhonda (rhondak) I confess that I went through several years in which I practically refused to read anything new, which meant I refused to read anything for sheer pleasure. While I read lots of magazines, articles and even a few non-fiction books of substantive weight, I had psychologically given up on modern literature, I think. In fact, for the most part I still have.

I find a great deal of modern fiction to be simple drivel which takes one's time away and gives one nothing except a feeling in return. I say this, tongue in cheek, after having written a glowing review of The Kite Runner, but am preparing a less than stunning review of The Poisonwood Bible, something which may leave other readers questioning my sanity.

I don't recall what brought reader's block on for me, whether it was an overabundance of books yet to read or the emptiness of the books my friends were reading. Perhaps it was the blank stare when I mentioned a Pascal quotation pertinent to a conversation that triggered it, but I tend to think the inability to express and share the ideas of great books with others is a key ingredient to reader's block, at least for me. I believe that the ability to share ideas, whether others agree with them or not, is the single most important part of reading. It is the exchange of new ideas, after all, which marks a civilization's true status.



message 12: by Stef (new)

Stef (buch_ratte) | 499 comments Fiona,

reader blocks come and go, at least in my case.

I have always been an evid reader but about two years ago I suddenly gave up reading. I would read magazines and non-fiction but no fiction. and then last summer I started reading again. Wasn't the first time that I took a "break" from reading for fun. And there is nothing at least in my case you can do against a reader block. I tried to get over it by forcing myself to read a book but it didn't work. I wasn't able to enjoy it.

Give yourself some time and your love for reading will return.


message 13: by Lea (new)

Lea | 6 comments I'm so glad to hear that I'm not the only one, Fiona. Thanks for starting this thread. My problem, oddly, seems to be that there are about a million books that I want to read, and many of them are piled up on my nightstand. But I can't seem to bring myself to open any of the books. Instead, I reach for a magazine. It's almost like a book seems like too much of a commitment. I find it disheartening, but I hope that it will pass.


message 14: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) Thanks all. I have been reading kiddies books (Young Adults) and a couple of other books I have been given.


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